Even though Nate Bankhead may have still been a slave, he was basically emancipated. However he still an interest in the war and was routing for the South to be defeated. In 1859 he traveled with John Bankhead to Cache Valley to help the early settlers with threshing. He stayed and settled in Wellsville where he had a large garden. One of his sons, George, settled in Mt. Sterling and gives the name to Cooky's Hollow, his nick mane.
Nathan and his brothers and children in the area were a Lively group and sought out to provide music for dances. Nathan was a caller. They could also add to any social occasion with conversation and good spirit. The color of their skin was really not an issue, and one of Nathan's daughter said she didn't realize she was Black as a child.